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Hi Hi Hikers!

Welcome! I’m Cedar, a thru-hiker and a trail chef during the on-season, and a writer, storyteller, and facilitator in the off-season.

I’m a human being, practicing getting there by human doing. Attempting 10 thru-hikes by the time I’m 40, and offering a candid look into what it’s like to live on trail.

Live at White Pass, For One Night Only

September 12, 2017
Mile 2269.9 (Goat Rocks) to 2292.4 (White Pass)
Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike: Day 130

Here we are, stuck in White Pass before a road walk because our packages and Sam’s aren’t here yet. But we got a chalet condo with everyone, including Benny and Chill, and I feel like all my dreams are coming true. Every single one of my favorite people I’ve met on trail, all in the same place.

It was an incredible, nerve-wracking day. Views for miles of volcanic mountains rising up from far far away. Billows of smoke from the Norse Peak fire puffing up into the blue sky from far far away. Snow slopes that tumbled down hundreds of feet of rocky scree. A knife’s edge that lasted for what felt like miles of wind-whipped treachery with nothing to keep you on the mountain or stop you from flying off except your two feet and your trekking poles.

For right now, we are eating frozen pizza, drinking beer, watching bad movies, and cramming eight people in to a particularly smelly ski lodge to enjoy each other’s company for the last time. The Norse Peak fire is raging, and we saw that for ourselves today. We will have a road walk. It will be long. It will be very long. We will do it anyway. Benny and Chill will hitch around, and that’ll be it. But I never, ever expected to get all of these people in one place together. I never thought Vice, Boathouse and Sam would even get to meet Benny and Chill. And here we are.

For one night only! Yeehaw!

Looking back at our campsite and the backside of Old Baldy

Looking back at our campsite and the backside of Old Baldy

Alex with Mt. Saint Helens in the distance

Alex with Mt. Saint Helens in the distance

Following the trail to Mt. Rainier!

Following the trail to Mt. Rainier!

Heading over one last hump into Goat Rocks

Heading over one last hump into Goat Rocks

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Smoke plume from the Norse Peak Fire

Smoke plume from the Norse Peak Fire

And what a lovely knife’s edge it was.

And what a lovely knife’s edge it was.

Mama G's Place

In the Shadow of Goat Rocks